Flackery Humiliates ‘Buried’ Screenwriter By Helping Him With Oscar Rule-Breaking

By | Friday December 31, 2010 @ 2:27am PST

And here I thought only Los Angeles flackery mPRm’s name was moronic. Turns out this fish stinks at the head because its co-founder and president Mark Pogachefsky is now blaming his own client for an Oscar rule-breaking situation that the PR firm should have … Read More »

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Hollywood Publicist Exits R&C For PMK*BNC

By | Thursday December 9, 2010 @ 5:27pm PST

EXCLUSIVE: Cheryl Maisel will be leaving Rogers and Cowan and coming back to PMK*BNC as an EVP in talent. She will be bringing long-standing clients like Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Craig Ferguson, and others.

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Sarah Greenberg Roberts Leaves Lionsgate

By | Monday December 6, 2010 @ 5:17pm PST

I’m not sure what the fuss is about. Sarah Greenberg Roberts was Lionsgate’s longtime PR-woman overseeing corporate publicity as well as theatrical and home entertainment campaigns before she was given the marketing co-president title even though Tim Palen has always performed … Read More »

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3 Hollywood Marketing/PR Firms Join Up

By | Monday November 29, 2010 @ 4:53pm PST

Three Hollywood boutique marketing and PR agencies that include showbiz among their clients announced today they’ve formed a joint venture: Evolutionary Media Group (Jennifer Gross), Period Media (Matt Walker), and Platform Media Group (Henry Eshelman) have formed a joint venture, The Communications … Read More »

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Friends Of Ronni Chasen To Gather At Michael’s In Gotham Tonight

Mike Fleming

Plans have been formalized for a gathering tonight in New York to celebrate the life of Ronni Chasen. Friends and colleagues of the beloved publicist are being invited to Michael’s at 24 W 55th Street from 6-8 PM to have a drink in her honor. Last night, I … Read More »

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Showbiz Publicists Aid Ronni Chasen’s Firm

R.I.P. Ronni Chasen
Pete Hammond Remembers Ronni Chasen
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SHOCKER! Oscar Publicist Ronni Chasen Shot And Killed In Beverly Hills Driving Back From ‘Burlesque’ Premiere In Hollywood

Showbiz Publicists Help Ronni Chasen’s Firm
Pete Hammond Remembers Ronni Chasen
R.I.P. Ronni Chasen

3RD & 4TH UPDATE, 12 PM:  Shock and dismay and in some cases tears swept Hollywood this morning when news spread that popular Oscar publicist Ronni Chasen had been the tragic victim of violence around midnight in the Sunset and Whittier area of Beverly Hills. Here’s more intel about the 64-year-old’s last hours: The Oscar campaign and holiday movie season got fully underway at the start of this week. She was lobbying media to write positive articles promoting Academy Award nominations for Michael Douglas in the Supporting Actor category for Twentieth Century Fox’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and for Walt Disney Studios’ Alice In Wonderland 3D in the Best Picture category. Both were the subject of a combination business and social phone call from her office with Deadline editor-in-chief Nikki Finke from 5:30 PM through 6:30 PM. Then the Oscar publicist drove her late model black Mercedes Benz E350 to Sony Pictures Entertainment/Screen Gem’s premiere of the movie Burlesque at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood. Then she attended the after-party at Drai’s in the W Hotel. ”“We were all together last night, and Ronni was having the best time doing what she enjoyed most,” recalls producer Donald De Line. ”When we all said goodbye last night, little did we know it would be our last. I am in shock; that this could happen is incomprehensible. Only a few hours ago we were celebrating. I’m glad she was happy last night and that she was in all her glory.”

She left the party and drove down Sunset Blvd through West Hollywood and just at the start of Beverly Hills (most likely heading towards her home in Westwood) when she was shot and killed sometime around midnight. Chasen’s friends say she made a call to her office about 8 minutes before the gunfire to put a reminder on her office voicemail. “She was not feeling in danger,” a source said. Beverly Hills police at 12:28 AM received information regarding shots that were heard in the area of Sunset and Whittier. Shortly after, Ronni’s car was discovered in a collision with a lightpole in the same area and she was found inside with multiple gunshot wounds to her chest. Police sources say Ronni’s car window was broken but nothing was taken from her purse. She was transported from the scene by paramedics and pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. This reaction just came in from Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures which hosted the Burlesque premiere that turned out to be Chasen’s last Hollywood event: “Ronni was a dear friend and cherished member of our community. She was at our premiere last night and so full of her trademark energy and love of life. We are heartbroken, shocked and completely devastated.”

2ND UPDATE: The Beverly Hills police have issued this statement about Ronni Chasen’s murder, now confirmed by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office: “At approximately 12:28 AM, Beverly Hills officers received information regarding shots that were heard in the area of Sunset and Whittier. Shortly after, a collision was reported in the same area. Units arrived in the area and discovered, a newer black Mercedes Benz E350 involved in a solo crash with a lightpole. The lone female occupant was located in the vehicle with apparent multiple gunshot wounds to her chest. Beverly Hills paramedics transported her to a local hospital, where she was later pronounced deceased. The investigation is in the preliminary stages, and no further information is available. Also, there is no suspect information or motive at this time.”

UPDATE 9:45 AM: Nikki Finke has confirmed that Ronni Chasen was “shot and killed” last night, according to Beverly Hills police. Nikki spoke to her at 5:30 last night. Ronni was promoting Michael Douglas for Best Supporting Actor for Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, as well as Alice In Wonderland 3D for Best Picture. A friend said that, after leaving the office, Ronni attended the premiere of the Sony Pictures/Screen Gems film Burlesque. A longtime Rogers & Cowan senior movie publicist, spanning decades, Chasen went out on her own, establishing Chasen & Company Publicity around 1991. She had a thriving business, especially at awards time, representing directors, writers, musicians, actors, and films. Read More »

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Walt Disney Studios Changing Head Flack

EXCLUSIVE: John J. Nicoletti is exiting as VP of Global Communications for The Walt Disney Studios and returning to flack for the Walt Disney Parks And Resorts. He’ll be replaced by Paul Roeder, a Walt Disney Studios publicist and disciple of chief Disney PR woman Zenia Mucha. “John realized he was … Read More »

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Lippin Group Expands In Film & Digital PR

By | Tuesday October 5, 2010 @ 3:46pm PDT

The Lippin Group just added three VPs as it continues to expand its activities in the feature film and digital content communications arena. The announcement was made today by chairman/CEO Dick Lippin of what is one of the largest independent showbiz PR agencies. “At a time when our industry is still experiencing economic aftershocks, we are fortunate that our business continues to grow,” he said in a statement. The new flacks are: Elizabeth Wolfe, who joins the agency’s Los Angeles headquarters and is an 18-year entertainment publicity veteran with extensive theatrical, home entertainment, corporate, product, personal and media relations experience worldwide. She most recently served as SVP Worldwide Read More »

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UK Film Council Spending “Tens of Thousands Of Pounds” Hiring Lobbyists

This morning’s Times of London reports that the film agency has hired political lobbyists Portland, the PR firm founded by a former adviser to Tony Blair. Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt has written to John Woodward, CEO of the Film Council, … Read More »

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FAN ALERT: Warner Bros Unveils Eleven Comic-Con Limited Edition Collector Bags

By | Wednesday July 14, 2010 @ 9:28am PDT

comicon1Luke Y Thompson covers the Con for Deadline:

I’ve always been amazed at Comic-Con just how crazy the fans can go for giant tote bags featuring a picture of Wonder Woman. But maybe it’s because there are so many overpriced exclusives from various vendors that the free ones are duly appreciated. For the past four years, Warner Bros Entertainment’s limited-edition, signature oversize canvas tote bags have been a must-have at Comic-Con, with tens of thousands of fans flocking to the WB booth on the convention floor to snag what is often called the Con’s “ubiquitous accessory.”

fringeconCertainly, these large bags – which have featured Warner Bros/DC-related images other than the Amazing Amazon – are a tad sturdier than the plastic bags full of bargain toys I generally end up carrying around, but I’ve never quite felt up to battling the mob for one. This year, looks like I don’t have to because they’re no longer first-come, first-served. WB has made its giant bags part of an official partnership with Comic-Con. Sign in, and you automatically get one. No more fights at the WB booth for ‘em (though no doubt they’ll have other stuff you want, too). On one side of the bag will be artwork created for Comic-Con. On the other… well, here’s where it gets interesting for collectors, and the possibilities for new feeding frenzies begin.

Scooby-Doo_Mystery_IncorporatedSee, there are a whopping 11 random designs (official site is here.) and you, the attendee, get only one. You want all of them? You’d better make some friends, quickly. The 11 images are: “The Big Bang Theory,” “Chuck,” “Fringe,” “Human Target,” “Nikita,” “The Vampire Diaries,” “Batman: The Brave and the Bold,” “The Looney Tunes Show,”
“Scooby-Doo!”, “Clash of the Titans”, or “Brightest Day”. Deadline.com presents an exclusive close-up look at two of the designs: One features the TV show FRINGE, while the other presents the cast of a brand-new SCOOBY-DOO cartoon, featuring the old gang drawn in that angular pseudo-anime style that’s popular nowadays: Read More »

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Paul Hewitt To Head Publicity For The CW

By | Friday June 18, 2010 @ 10:21am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Paul Hewitt has been upped to the top PR post at the CW, succeeding Paul McGuire, who yesterday was named SVP worldwide corporate communications for Warner Bros. Entertainment. McGuire, in … Read More »

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CW Head Of Communications Paul McGuire Goes To Warner Bros. Entertainment

By | Thursday June 17, 2010 @ 11:17am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Paul_McGuire-200x300Veteran TV PR executive Paul McGuire who has headed the press departments of three networks, UPN, the WB and, most recently, the CW, is joining Warner Bros  Entertainment as SVP Worldwide Corporate Communications. He is switching to the studio side after … Read More »

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Wash Out Their Mouths With Soap!

By | Thursday June 17, 2010 @ 10:22am PDT
Mike Fleming

twilight-new-moonDeadline recently delved into the potential career calamity of quotes from Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox. Now, it seems restraint has gone out the window. Each day brings a dopey new pull-quote that makes you wonder: what the hell are these … Read More »

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Warner Bros Promotes TV PR Executives Scott Rowe And Tammy Golihew

By | Tuesday June 15, 2010 @ 5:04pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Veteran studio publicist Scott Rowe has been named SVP of worldwide communications for the Warner Bros Television Group, and Tammy Golihew has been upped to SVP publicity of Warner Bros Television. The promotions come several months after the departure of Sharan Magnuson, SVP of worldwide publicity for WBTVG, who left because … Read More »

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EMMYS: USA Holds Ice Cream Voter Drive

By | Tuesday June 15, 2010 @ 1:17am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

It’s Get Out Emmy Vote Time, and the networks and studios are taking their awards campaigns in and around and up in the air above bannersL.A. NBCU’s USA Network is running its biggest Emmy push ever this year, and hoping that the voters like ice cream or the beach (or both). Starting today, the cable network is deploying a Cool Haus truck to give away free ice cream sandwiches named after the network’s series at Los Angeles area locations with a high concentration of Industry types.

whitecollarUSA also has 3 planes flying in a formation over local studios and beaches this week carrying For Your Consideration banners for Burn Notice, White Collar and In Plain Sight. Those are the series which USA has put the most marketing muscle behind this Emmy season. (USA’s biggest success so far came from Monk‘s Tony Shalhoub, winner of 3 best comedy actor Emmys.)

I take issue with the airplane banners, especially since NBCU is at the forefront of Hollywood’s efforts to be environmentally conscious with its Green Is Universal campaign. But free ice cream is fine by me, and I don’t think a TV Academy membership badge is required to get one. (Whereas Universal Media Studios is betting that Emmy voters are regular Bloomingdale shoppers because of its For Your Consideration mannequin displays there. That may cost you.) Below is the list of the ice cream sandwich flavors and the truck’s itinerary: Read More »

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EMMYS: ‘Starry Night’ Key Art Unveiled

By | Monday June 14, 2010 @ 3:26pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

404236_EMMYS_KA_R10Here is the Key Art for this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards, which the TV Academy will reveal tomorrow. It has a disco/Dancing With the Stars vibe and a monochromatic background that makes NBC’s “more colorful” logo at the bottom a little … Read More »

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EMMYS: Excuse Me, How Much Is Michael Scott’s Tie? NBC Uni Launches Mannequin Campaign At Bloomingdales

By | Wednesday June 9, 2010 @ 6:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

I’ve written about the popularity of 3D Emmy mailers this season. NBC Uni’s Universal Media Studios took the 3D Emmy promo trend one, well, a few steps further with the first ever department store-based NUP_140744_0005campaign featuring mannequin displays. Some customers … Read More »

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EMMYS: Series Awards Mailers Go 3D

By | Monday June 7, 2010 @ 3:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

bigbang3D seems to be the hottest thing in features right now, with most tentpole movies being turned into 3D releases. The trend is also hitting Emmy mailers this year, with many of them going 3D. In addition to the cool Big Read More »

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